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Bruno (2000)

Bruno (2000)

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Shirley MacLaine makes her feature directorial debut with this offbeat comedy. Bruno (Alex D. Linz) is an eight-year-old boy attending a Catholic school; he is bright, is a good student, and wants to become an etymologist. He also likes to wear dresses, which causes him plenty of problems -- bullies beat him up on a regular basis, and the school's Mother Superior (Kathy Bates) thinks that something must be wrong with him. Bruno's mother Angela (Stacey Halprin), who tips the scales at 450 pounds, has just lost her husband Dino (Gary Sinise) to trampy Donna Marie (Joey Lauren Adams). With her pal Dolores (Jennifer Tilly) giving Angela regular reports on Dino's activities, she's too occupied to worry much about her son. When Bruno is hurt one day while wearing a skirt, he's taken to the hospital; with Angela suffering from a heart attack and Dino refusing to look after him, it falls to his grandmother Helen (MacLaine) to take care of the boy. But Bruno has finally found a playmate at school who doesn't find him strange -- Shaniqua (Kaimi Davael), a young black girl who wants to be a cowgirl. While Bruno was Shirley MacLaine's first attempt at directing a fictional film, it was not her first experience behind the camera; she previously made the Oscar-nominated documentary The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir.
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    PG-13 (rude language, mean-spirited behavior, and some thematic material)
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Cast

Kathy Bates
as Mother Superior
Joey Lauren Adams
as Donna Marie
Brett Butler
as Sister Della Rosa
Kiami Davael
as Shaniqua
Bing Putney
as Bernard
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Critic Reviews for Bruno

All Critics (4)

The Dress Code is Shirley MacLaine's unfortunate foray into the director's chair, and it's so feeble an attempt that it substantiates allegations of her being crazy.

Full Review… | November 6, 2001
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Bruno

½

I ACCIDENTLY STARTED WATCHING THIS MOVIE THINKING IT WAS THE OTHER "BRUNO". I BECAME CAPTIVATED BY THE STORY AND WATCHED THE WHOLE THING AND LOVED IT!!! IT WAS VERY FUNNY AND MEANINGFUL WITH A GREAT CAST. I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW IT GOT POOR REVIEWS BY THE CRITICS...AS YOU CAN SEE, THE MAJORITY OF AUDIENCE VIEWERS DID TOO. SCREW THE CRITICS!

CASEY QUIGLEY
CASEY QUIGLEY

An honest movie full of quirky yet lovable characters. It also addresses heavy topics like racism and divorce without getting too serious.

Christina Carlson
Christina Carlson
½

Rather ridiculous comedy drama. What it's trying to say is good but it's drawn in very broad strokes.

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